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Elucidating Ribosomal Translocation with Internal Coordinate Flexible Fitting
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Computational and Systems Biology.
2014 (English)In: Biophysical Journal, ISSN 0006-3495, E-ISSN 1542-0086, Vol. 106, no 2, 492A-493A p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
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Determining conformational changes of large macromolecules is challenging experimentally and computationally. The ribosome has been observed crystallographically in several states but many others have been seen only by low-resolution methods including cryo-electron microscopy. Meanwhile the crucial dynamics between states remain out of reach of experimental structure determination methods. Most existing computational approaches model complexes at all-atom resolution, at very high cost, or use approximations which lose some of the most interesting dynamical details. I have developed Internal Coordinate Flexible Fitting (ICFF), a multiscale method that uses full atomic forces and flexibility only in key regions of a model, capturing extensive conformational rearrangements at low cost. I use ICFF to turn low-resolution density maps, crystallographic structures, and biochemical information into the largest-scale all-atoms trajectory of ribosomal translocation modeled to date. ICFF is three orders of magnitude faster than the most comparable existing method. The results suggest an intriguing possible mechanism of translocation.

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2014. Vol. 106, no 2, 492A-493A p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228604DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.11.2754ISI: 000337000402727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228604DiVA: diva2:734558
58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical-Society, FEB 15-19, 2014, San Francisco, CA
Available from: 2014-07-18 Created: 2014-07-17 Last updated: 2014-07-18Bibliographically approved

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